Updating my blog today was so scary for me. Slowly but surely, I am beginning to drift into the I’m-too-busy-to-update-right-now-so-let-me-get-this-other-thing-straightened-out-first. We can’t have that. Even if no one reads this blog. Even if no one comments on it. Even if I become irrelevant and insignificant in Blogville. I simply cannot have a blog that is not updated. I have been – by His grace – consistent (mostly) for the past five years. I’ve gone too far to stop now. That said, I pray to God that I never, ever become irrelevant in any aspect of my life. On that note, here’s what I have been thinking about.
A lot of people have been praising Libya’s courage for standing up to Gaddafi (Qaddafi) and for getting closer and closer to taking control of the entire country of Libya, especially Tripoli. The rebels are relentless, choosing to die rather than see Gaddafi (Qaddafi) rule over them another day. He has been in power for over four decades now, which in many people’s opinion, is four decades too long. I am happy that my African brothers and sisters are seeking liberation and emancipation from a dictator, but this emancipation is costing me more than they know.
There are three factors to consider (1) The amount of money I currently make (2) the amount I wish I were making (3) the amount I need and want to spend, and finally (4) the amount I spend to fill my tank with gas. These figures simply don’t add up. Considering how much I make, how much I want to make, the budget I have, and the amount I am forced to pay at the pump, one of two things has to go. Either my low income goes or the very high price of gas disappears. If you were to ask me – which I know you’re not, but I’ll tell you anyway – I’d prefer for both the low income and the high price of gas to disappear. By the way, I am not even considering the amount I spend on other things (apart from gas).
As of the last time I checked, the price of gas now costs $102 per barrel (the highest it has been since the spike in 2008). And for me, that means I pay $3.23 per gallon of gas, and this is simply not okay with me. If you’re wondering what this has to do with Libya, well, I’ll tell you. Libya produces about two percent of the world’s oil, so when Libya is in turmoil, two percent of the world’s oil is in turmoil – pun intended. In figures, two percent of the world’s oil translates to 1.6 million barrels of oil per day.
Whether I like it or not, and whether Gaddafi (Qaddafi) and his rebels mean to or not, their show of power, their flex of muscles is costing me money that I don’t have, money that I could have been , should have been saving for that pair of shoes. You remember the shoes I said I just had to have? On this note, I’m pleading with Gadaffi and his rebels to please stop this thing they’re doing. But if they must continue, I’d appreciate more than a few barrels of oil to maintain my car’s sanity. But mostly to maintain my sanity.
In other news, a lot of people are happy that Mubarak has finally stepped down. But I cannot help but wonder, am I the only one who is afraid of Muslim extremists taking over Egypt [which is also located in my beloved continent]? Living in a country that is loved and hated by so many people puts me in limbo. Should I run for cover or stay for safety? Having enemies, they say, means you’re doing something right. And having enemies propels you to do better, strive higher. But is there such a thing as having too many enemies? With so many people praying for and against America, is there a battlefield of prayers somewhere? And if there is, who/what are the casualties?
Again, I ask, how does this affect Vera Ezimora [and her unborn confusingly identical twin boys, also yet to be conceived]?
You tell me.
P.S. Ekene Onu will be live with me this Saturday to discuss what it is that you should do after saying your I dos. Saturday, March 5th 2011 at 10am U.S. Eastern | 3pm GMT | 4pm West African Time. Listen to the I’m Married. What Next show here.
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P.P.P.S. I still don’t have those shoes … and I still want them … just in case you were wondering